Today, Governor Kathy Hochul told the people of New York that the US-Canada border bridge would be closed because of what happened at the Rainbow Bridge. The governor said earlier today that all places of entry into New York will be watched by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
“I was told what was going on at Niagara Falls’ Rainbow Bridge.” What Governor Hochul said. “The New York State Police are working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force to keep an eye on all entry points into New York City at my direction.” “I’m on my way to Buffalo to meet with police and first responders. I will keep New Yorkers informed as more information comes in.”
New York State Department of Transportation
The Rainbow, Peace, Lewiston-Queenston, and Hurricane Bridges are all closed because the federal government told them to be. This was confirmed by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). The rest of the foreign borders are open but on high alert.
Local partners and NYSDOT are working together to close I-190 at Upper Mountain Road in Niagara County and handle the traffic effects. Drivers are being warned about the closed bridge by variable message signs in the area.
Outside of Western New York, NYSDOT and the Thruway Authority are working together to put up rotating message signs to let people going west know that the Buffalo-Niagara area border crossings into Canada are closed.
On the New York State Thruway, the following exit ramps are closed:
- From I-190, take the Niagara Thruway 9 North Exit toward Fort Erie, Canada. From there, go to Peace Bridge on Porter Avenue.
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
The NFTA is making its security system bigger because of what happened at Rainbow Bridge. When people and cars arrive at the Buffalo and Niagara Falls airports, they have to go through security checks, weapons detection, and screening. The subways and airports in Buffalo and Niagara Falls are both fully working. The NFTA tells visitors to give themselves extra time to take these extra steps.
New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
The Office of Emergency Services in the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is staffed and ready to help with any resource needs. The division’s security Office also worked with law enforcement and security partners in other parts of the state.